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When you hold your bundle of joy for the first time his/her size make you hesitant at first but it don’t take long when you become expert in handling and caring a newborn.

As a good parent, giving our little ones the best nourishment and health care is the top most priority, though these things are crucial for their healthier life but their skin care and hygiene is also very important to keep them away from infections, rashes and other skin irritations. The first 28 days of the newborn baby are very crucial and important for their hygiene and skin care because they are vulnerable after birth and can be affected by infections. 

Today’s article is all about baby health care tips including hygiene and skin care. Skin of a new born baby is extremely soft, sensitive and delicate and they can prone to the rashes, itching, irritation, dryness more frequently as compare to grown-up kids.

Importance Of Newborn’s Bath:

When it’s about taking care of your baby you need to put a lot of attention towards the hygiene of your baby because it is very crucial for their health and skin protection. Appropriate bath and massage is required to calm and soothe the body and nourish skin.

Before giving bath to your newborn make sure his/her umbilical cord is fallen-off, it takes at least a week to shed it off till you can use soft cloth, cotton wool, gauze or gentle wipes to clean the baby’s armpits, neck and nappy area, it is more than enough because newborn baby doesn’t contact with dirt much.

Once the umbilical cord is removed now your baby is ready to take a bath. Newborn’s baby skin is very thin and fragile and mums especially new mums get nervous to give them bath, but if you follow the tips mentioning below accordingly then you and your baby both will enjoy the bath time. Your baby spent nine month in the fluid so, he is much familiar with the water, don’t get hesitate while giving bath to your little one.

Tips to Remember:

  • Before giving bath give soft and gentle massage to your baby, it makes him feel calm and soothe.
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  • Assemble all necessary things you need at bath time like towel, mild soap or shampoo.
  • Check the water temperature, usually the normal water for us to be hot for them so I recommend 35 to 37°C temperature of water or you can check by pouring on back of your newbie.
  • You should have your partner or helper along if you are a first time mother, so that if you require anything so he/she could help you.
  • When start giving bath to your baby, hold him/her tightly and support his head and back and start pouring water on hands, legs to check if he/she feeling bad. If he/she is enjoying it then start rubbing your baby parts with drops of baby mild shampoo or soap. Don’t use perfumed and chemical based soap and shampoos as it will remove the natural oil from the sensitive skin of your baby.
  • During bath rub these parts gently ears, armpits, between finger and toes, folding knees, nappy area, neck.
  • Don’t give baby a long bath; try to complete it as fast as you can with love.
  • Newborn enjoys night time sleep so it’s good if you give him bath in afternoon or evening is it is not so cold, so that he/she could take a long nap, it would be better if you give him/her bath before feed as long as he/she doesn’t cry.
  • If your baby starts crying during bath so don’t get panic just be calm, gentle and try to soothe her/him with rhyming sounds and songs.
  • Keep the room temperature warm and wrap in a towel right after taking him/her out of bath tub.

After-bath Care:

  • Hold your wrapped little ones in hands for a while and then with all your love lie him/her down straight and start moisturizing his/her all parts properly and get-dress him nicely.
  • Don’t forget to trim your baby’s nail after bath if you want him to stay away from scratches. After bath it will be easy for you to cut nails because it will get soften.
  • If your baby looks sleepy then let him fall asleep first and trim nails.
  • If your baby has stuffy nose, then use bulb syringe to take out the nostrils.

Importance Of Newborn’s Skin Care:

 

Right after bringing home to the little one, your top most priority is to keep him warm, healthy and nourished. As your baby’s skin will keep developing in new world because it gets transfer from water environment to the dry environment so its care is very important, a newborn comes in the world with a protective covering skin called vernix which peels off naturally during 1st week after a birth.

Because your baby’s skin is delicate and sensitive so don’t leave it dry else it can frequently prone to the infection. Its proper care and nourishment is very crucial because it helps in keeping baby healthy and fights against irritation, itching and rashes. Throughout the first year it requires deep care because baby’s skin is quite different from grown-up kids.

You can give your little one bath 2-3 times a week but give him/her a massage daily. Massage is as important as cuddling because it is the simplest and warmest way of conveying loves and affection to your little one. When mother touches baby with all her love she/he feels calm, relax, resolve colic problem as well, sleep well and long, and last but not the least cry less. Massage keeps the skin moisturise and soft and protect it from being dry and itchy.

You don’t require any special skill or technique for doing baby massage just lay him/her down on soft blanket and use his/her baby oil, olive oil or baby mild lotion, take few drops in hands and start from the chest, gently circulate your hands in circular  and anti-circular motion, then move towards tummy and so on.


Your baby will enjoy the whole time of massaging as his/her body feels good, but if he/she gets irritated and start crying then give the short massage and just apply the oil or lotion. However, while massaging a baby keep talking, singing loving songs rhymes and grab your little ones attention.

Importance Of Changing Diapers:

When it’s about newborn hygiene then you need to pay more attention towards nappy change because new born skin is delicate, soft and sensitive and you cannot ignore his/her nappy area.

Mostly first time mothers face the problem of diaper rash which usually caused by irritating of dampness of dirty diaper. Usually it does not require any medical assistance if your baby is having a normal mild rash but if your baby’s rashes and itching is not getting better by any nappy rash cream and your baby is uncomfortable with persistent rash and itchiness, or if there are blisters appearing on your baby’s skin, then go to your doctor and get advice.

It might be the case of thrush or Candida/fungal infection and might need some anti-fungal or steroid ointment for treatment. Below are the few simple tips to keep in mind if you want to stay away from the diaper rash and other skin related problems.

  • Check baby’s nappy frequently as new born baby usually needs at least 9-10 nappy changes in a day or sometimes more.
  • Immediately change the diaper if it is soiled.
  • Wash your baby’s nappy area with baby mild soap or plain water especially when they poo in their nappy.
  • After thorough washing, dry the nappy area properly and then put the diaper on.
  • Giving your baby regular bath with delicate bath products will also help in preventing nappy rash.
  • Apply a nappy rash/barrier cream or petroleum jelly that suits your baby’s skin.
  • Use fragrance and chemical free baby products like fragrance free baby bath, bubble bath, lotion and other ointments and wipes as well. Certain chemicals and irritants may cause rashes and itching on baby’s delicate skin.
  • Nappy-Off Time: It’s the time when your baby is without wearing a nappy. Nappy-off Time is very crucial for our babies at least once a day. I know it is very difficult to do as a busy mum, but believe me, if we leave our babies without nappy for about 5-10 minutes every day, it works like wonder in treating baby’s rash, as baby’s skin also needs to be in direct contact with fresh air as well. This nappy-off time worked like magic when my daughter had rashes when she was a baby.

A newborn baby care can be hard initially, especially for the first time mums because they look after their hygiene needs which required skills and practice as compare to adults. But proper instructions, knowledge, patience and love gives courage to all you wonderful parents to perform this job in a very good manner.

55 COMMENTS

  1. I think a lot of parents are scared of how to bathe their babies for the first time, because they’re so fragile! It’s great that you’ve provided so many tips on how to keep it safe and positive and not dangerous for the baby.

    • Thank you Penelope for your comments. This is so true that handling and bathing newborn babies is very difficult and scary, because babies are so tiny and fragile, but by getting information from Experienced people, reading tips and by doing it yourself, we can learn a lot…

      • I’m grateful for such good resources online like this site! Really helps replace fear with good solid information and a plan. I’m expecting my first child and am a regular reader 🙂

        • Hi Penelope, thank you so much for your appreciation. This is what my aim is, to make worries and difficulties or mums far far easier by providing them good information along with easy tips and advises.

  2. Oh that first bath is nerve wracking! I gave my son infrequent baths as a newborn but kept him clean of course. The white vernix babies are born covered in protects their skin. After that it was water only for washing.

    I made a nappy cream but there’s some great brands out there like neals yard who do baby skincare with no nasties in.

    Great post with some great information. Thanks!

    • Thankyou Lace for your views on his article, I agree with you that first Baby bath is always nerve wracking. Taking care for tiny delicate babies is not at all a easy job and that’s why I shared this article with all the wonderful parents.

      • Oh yes, that first bath, they are so slippery and wriggly! Looking after children is definitely not easy but very much rewarding to watch those little people grow strong and happy.

        • Hi lace, thank you so much for your comments. It is really scary to bath the baby for the very first time and every effort that we do as mums, pays off when we see our little ones growing into healthy and happy kids.

    • Thank you so much Eden for the comments! Kids enjoy bath time if it is given appropriately otherwise it can be a trouble for mothers as well 🙂 I also have a good experience of giving bath to my kids, as they both love to spend time in water and doesn’t create any trouble for me 😉

  3. Hi Sarah,
    My first time visiting your wonderful baby site and I was overwhelmed, all the more in the next pages. When I glanced on the first page, I hinted your site has much more to offer about everything that encompasses from the baby, food, health and to parenting to name a few. Your site is one of the best I have ever visited. Keep it up, you are doing a great and fantastic job. Kudos to you.

    • Hi Astro, thank you so so much for visiting my website. I am so glad that you like it. It really means a lot to me. It is like, my hard work is paid off, when my visitors appreciate my work. Thank you so much once again.

  4. Thanks Sarah, there’s a lot to be said to giving your baby 5-10 minutes massage after a bath, it helps to accomplish a restful night’s sleep, boosts the immune system and aids digestion meanwhile just as importantly babies enjoy the love and affection received by a massage.
    Thanks for embedding the video, this demonstrates how to effectively massage with oil along with helpful tips to make your baby feel comfortable and at ease during the quick process. This should calm any worries new Mums and Dads have prior to bathing and massaging their newborns.
    Thanks for all the tips Sarah, you’ve delivered loads of encouragement here,
    Simon.

    • Hi Simon, thank you so much for your comments. Massage after bath is very important for kids to relax and to stay cal. I am glad that you agree with what I have said in this article. Than you once again.

  5. Hi Sarah, thanks for making such a wonderful and informative website for us. It has very useful updated info especially lunch boxes ideas and learning activities for children with learning disabilities etc. I can say that it is a best website I have ever seen yet. Keep it up with such a wonderful work.

  6. So informative. The first bath is so scary for new moms. The massage techniques are great. My daughter always loved her baths, but I didn’t know about the massages back then. I will pass this on to her for her newborn, thanks Sarah!

    • Hi Tammy, thank you so much for your comments. Massage after bath is very important and babies feel relaxed and calm after a massage. I am sure your daughter will find it useful too.

  7. Hi Sarah.. all I can say is wow! What a great article and so much information. I really enjoyed reading it!

    I wish the internet and your site had been around when my little ones were born. The first bath time was nerve racking and not much fun for both of us but in time you do get used to it and find a way that suits you and the baby.

    Once again, thank you for sharing such a great article… keep up the good work!

    • Hi Moni, thank you so much for your appreciation and views on this article. I am so happy that like other readers you like my work too and I will keep on sharing useful reads with all of you for sure:)

    • Hi Jerry, thank you for sharing your views on this article. Knowing useful tips about newborn baby care is so important because new born babies are so delicate and we have to handle the with a lot of care. I wish you all the best for your future family and kids.

  8. These are some great baby care tips. Caring for a newborn can be difficult especially when it is your first child and having a site like this that provides you with so many answers to questions you may have all in one place is amazing. Thanks for the great tips and please continue to provide useful information.

    • Hi Melissa, Thank you for all your appreciation. Indeed taking care of little babies is very difficult and challenging sometimes because of babies are delicate and very tiny and have no control on their body but it is a great experience.

      • Yes, it is a very great experience. In fact, being a mom is the best experience I have ever had and what I am most proud of. I would ask for anything else.

  9. The nappy-off time is so important! Wish I knew this before, then my kids would not have been so prone to nappy rash, especially with the heat in our tropical climate.

    • Hi Joo, you are absolutely right, Nappy off time is a must to do with all our babies as it helps our baby’s delicate skin to have some exposure to fresh air which is the best thing to do in order to keep them safe from rashes and discomfort.

  10. Great advice. I remember giving my first baths to my two little ones. It was so scary. BOTH times. I was of so many things. But it seemed like they both loved it. When you say they were in fluid for 9 months that really means something. Thanks this was super informative.

    • Hi Alexis, like you, I also still remember the first bath of my babies. It was so scary and my babies were very tiny 6 lb and 5 lb. Both of them were so delicate.

  11. Having a 2 year old boy myself I wish I knew this when he was first born, I was terrified to bathe him on my own at first. Theres some great tips here especially about the baby massages, will take this into account next time when I eventually have another one

    • Hi Kourtney, You are absolutely right, first baths of our new born baby are so terrifying because babies are so tiny and delicate.

  12. Aww what a lovely way to show love and affection to your baby through massage. Everything you say makes absolute sense as even for adults a massage is relaxing and makes you feel sleepy, takes away stress etc, so it would be the same for a baby too.
    And very useful information for first time mums about how to bath a baby properly so it is a nice experience for them, and keeping their frail skin moisturised with a chemical free lotion would make sure it stays soft and supple.

  13. A lot of great information! Reading your tips made me remember when my son was a newborn…OOOH I panicked at bath time, the first time as much as i read how to do it i just didn’t know how, i was lucky my mom was there to help me out, she just explained the steps very similar to how you just did and before i knew it i did it! I bathed my little boy!! YAY!!
    But honestly your tips are great, i know a mom right now that need your tips ASAP!
    As you mentioned this task is terrifying for first time moms, but we can do it and one day look at it as a memorable memory. Now that I babysit occasionally i’m surprised at how efficient i am, but i will still keep notes of your tips!
    Thank you for the awesome info

    • Hi Arlet, thank you so much for your appreciation. First experience as a mum is very overwhelming as well as a little bit scary as handling little babies is difficult. I am glad that you like this article, thank you once again.

  14. Really good post! My cousin struggled with her newborns skin, itching and rashes and the doctor recommended using olive oil or a mild lotion and it helped clear it up.

    Useful information in this post, thanks!

  15. Great article. I am a new mother. My son will be 9 months next week. At first, it can be very overwhelming to bathe your child. You have provided great details in bathing a child. Thank you for this post.

    • Hi Jessica, thank you so much for your comments. I am glad that you like this post as a new parent and find it helpful, this is what the main purpose of sharing these posts with all of you.

  16. I had no idea, that new borns skin was so sensitive. But it does make a lot of sense considering they just basically hit earth and air and everything at the same time, without really getting time to adjust. I really enjoyed this.

    • Hi AJ, Thank you so much for your appreciation and comments. New born baby;s skin is so delicate and it is a difficult and challenging job to take care of our little babies.

  17. This is really great Sarah and offers all the guidance a first time mummy could need when it comes to bathing and massaging a new born. Touch really is important in those early stages to help make baby feel secure and loved and you convey that really well here. And it’s good you have uploaded a video on how to massage a baby as I’m sure it is a very different technique to an adult. Thanks for all your wonderful tips 🙂

    • Hi Stefanie, thank you so much for your appreciation. Having a good step by step guidance for parents especially first time parents is so important and that’s is the main reason for me to share these posts with all of you.

  18. I absolutely love this article and especially the fact that you included tips on how to massage your baby. I have two, but I can remember being a first time mom and not knowing what the heck I was doing when it came to bath time, or anything really. Thankfully there are articles like these at our fingertips that can ease our minds as well as help us on our parenting journeys.

    • Thanks Ash for the comments. You are absolutely right, my baby’s first time bath was also difficult for me,I also still remember how much scared I was that time. My baby was very small and I had no idea how to handle her. Therefore, I presented the best tips in the post to make job easy for the new mums especially.

  19. Our little loves doing just as we do! Hygiene has never been a struggle, but we do love when the products we use are good for growing little bodies and the environment! ❤️

  20. I am a first-time mommy, and I can say that there are a lot of things that I am yet to know in parenting my own baby. Even bathing her proves to be difficult for me, so I love your idea of getting a helper or partner to assist and guide me whenever I require or need to know anything. I will do it if it means ensuring that my baby receives the right care. Thank you.

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